This weekend was Winterfest in Lake Geneva, WI, which includes the annual snow carving contest. The weather is usually more favorable for this but this year, almost as soon as the figures were judged, the temperature got above freezing for the rest of the day and into the next. I was there on Sunday morning and several of the carvings had already lost pieces while some were collapsing completely. It's an interesting art form, more impermanent than ice carving because the snow isn't structurally solid. Between the sun and warmer-than-freezing wind the delicate parts of the sculptures just couldn't hold their shape. At least the participants were able to complete their work in time for the judging!
Here are images of interesting versions.
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